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Re: “Burlington Housing Authority Mum on Leadership Shuffle

This article is so bizarre and badly written
The title says its about the ouster of the head of the BHA and the article starts out about this topic then mid-way through she starts writing about the killing of a mentally ill BHA resident and related issues. At the end, she seems to remember what the piece is supposed to be about wtf?
Where is the editor on this? It reads like Molly ran out of gas on the story she was suppose to cover. I kept waiting for the transition back to the topic of the piece and it came a little before the end as she awoke from her auto pilot about mental health of the residents. Wish she had actually continued with the piece she was assigned maybe that was too hard - it required digging into why the head was fired, the cost of the search, the long entrenched employees, the difficulties long time people face dealing with a new boss, what exactly he did to get himself fired etc. I suppose it was much easier to re-hash a boringly long digression on the mental health of the residents- they should re-title this to show that about half of the piece (everything below the second photo) is about a different topic. where was the editor?

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Posted by tapplinx on 01/04/2017 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Once Homeless, Stephen Marshall Is Now an Advocate

Good idea to hold January meeting of the Alliance at Salvation Army -- a lunch meeting. Suggest they mix with people during lunch and meet after.

Posted by leaterhune on 01/01/2017 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Once Homeless, Stephen Marshall Is Now an Advocate

Katie's article has been praised to me and the work I do has acquired a new standing. I have been recognized and shown more respect. For this I cannot complain.

But the article left out the entire reason I contacted Seven Days. I want the community to know that when I voted, the registration I had submitted to the city used my camp address as my physical address. A comment to me on Facebook informed me that approving homeless people in this way is common and supported by the City. So I am not the first or the last, but I didn't know it could be done and the homeless in general do not know. I intended to set an example, and that is what I want Seven Days to tell the world. The homeless are members of the community, and the homeless are dignified, by the right to vote, in our community.

Of the numerous details which were off-mark, in Katie's article, that one which troubled me implied that I had lost my marriage due to a domestic assault. I am deeply ashamed of what I did, and more ashamed by the suggestion that I was so abusive that my wife left me. But no, the marriage had already ended, and the mistake in reporting doesn't convey the pain on both sides, that I was trying to escape that relationship, or that I did not have the egregious intent to control or terrorize my partner, usually associated with violence, all of which I abhor. I offered to Katie that I had had this conviction, knowing that it is an important point in my life, and an important story for me to tell, not expecting I would have to rebut a casual and wrong inference. Katie, please be more careful.

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Posted by mysticalatheist on 12/26/2016 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Once Homeless, Stephen Marshall Is Now an Advocate

I camped with Stephen. I am proud to call him a friend!!

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Posted by Ronni on 12/15/2016 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Once Homeless, Stephen Marshall Is Now an Advocate

It's not true that Stephen came here as a transient in 2008. He and I were in a relationship and we moved to Ferrisburgh together in 2007. We moved together to Burlington in 2009 and lived together until mid 2012 in an apartment. We were not homeless during that time. His housing became more precarious after I moved out in spring of 2012.

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Posted by remoore on 12/15/2016 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Free to Be Furry? Group Fights to Wear Animal Costumes in Burlington

I know this is an old article and that my post is well past prime time, but as a member of the furry community I have to point out one of the comments that was made about Furries "not being performers" and that they do not "add to the VIBE of the city" is just totally a bunch of crap. First off I would like that person to put one of these suits on and try it out, then tell me it is not a performance. Secondly, I dare that person to contact the City of Pittsburgh, PA and ask them about the furries and their impact on the city! Ask the city of Pittsburgh if they are pleased with the nearly $7 million that Anthrocon pulls into the cities local economy each year. Ask the city if its citizens enjoy the fursuit parade that has now been opened to public that has the potential to draw even more dollars into the economy each year. Pittsburgh has itself a gold mine with Anthrocon and would be foolish to give it up (although I don't think that would ever happen now).

Posted by Andrew Kelley on 11/18/2016 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Artists Rally to Keep Charlie's Boathouse Afloat

Way to go Charlie and Christine! I grew up at the mouth of the river. Spent every summer at the boathouse with my brothers, cousins and friends. Mr. & Mrs. Auer were the sweetest couple. They loved all the kids that hung around. I'm so happy that Charlie and Christine are still running it. I will stop to see them on my next visit to Vermont!

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Posted by Shelia Marquis on 08/23/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Artists Rally to Keep Charlie's Boathouse Afloat

Fantastic idea and story. Would love to paint there to support them. Let us know when the next time is. Thank you. Jennie Kristel

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Posted by Jennie Kristel on 08/20/2016 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Artists Rally to Keep Charlie's Boathouse Afloat

Thanks so much for a sweet, tender, and delightful story about Charlie's Boathouse! Yes, it will take a community effort to save such a treasure. I'll be interviewing Charlie next week for StoryCorps. Can't wait!

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Posted by Megan Humphrey on 08/19/2016 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

The author seems very keen to associate the police with the community. Community is in the eye of the beholder. Since "community" has more in common with artwork than policing, might you consider rebranding the police to the Burlington Cezanne Police Department, or the Shelburne Da Vinci Police, or Hinesburg Picasso Police, or Colchester Matisse Police (I like it), and Winooski Rembrandt Police? The officers uniforms could be made from duplicate canvas from famous paintings. Really, I would just like the police to be the police!

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Posted by Matt Galloway on 07/21/2016 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

I believe you forgot to mention that Brandon del Pozo wrote a scholarly paper enthusiastically supporting racial profiling by police. In that paper he also defended "Stop and Frisk" tactics. He has a long way to go before he earns the trust of our community. Here is the link to his paper https://lr.law.qut.edu.au/article/view/77/….
Thanks

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Posted by Brian Perkins on 07/20/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

"Later, the NYPD sent him to the Middle East as part of a terrorism intelligence-gathering unit. Based in Amman, Jordan" which was illegal and racist.

A man who supports racial profiling as police chief? Bad idea.

This is what used to be called a "puff" piece.

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Posted by Baruch Zeichner on 07/14/2016 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

Completely agree with you Laura Hale. Yet another article about the Chief of Police in which he still does not tackle what he is willing to do to address the facts that there is proven data of extreme racial profiling in Vermont. With a Mayor that has 2 black children I hope that the Mayor will encourage the Chief to bring up these tough issues and what he plans to do to address the racism within his department. Time for the tough questions, and tougher answers.

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Posted by Stephanie Griffin on 07/14/2016 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

In 11 months del Pozo has:
-unnecessarily wounded one man
-unnecessarily murdered two men
-bungled the KKK leaflet issue
-arrested two men wearing Anonymous masks at a BLM demonstration
-failed to alert Burlington women after an alleged rape at the downtown courthouse
-forced the shutdown of hip-hop acts and then the Zen Lounge itself by pressuring zoning board
-wages war on the poor and homeless on behalf of Weinberger's classist/racist gentrification

This was a morally despicable puff piece. Fire this "erudite" thug

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Posted by Albert Petrarca on 07/14/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

How about putting those repeat offenders on the clean up detail in Burlington Square. Don't pay a fine or incarcerate, take their boredom away with a job in public

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Posted by Bill Magnus on 07/13/2016 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

I appreciate this thorough and thoughtful article on the chief. I would have loved to have heard comments from the local Black Lives Matters organizers, though, and the Champlain Area NAACP. Maybe they can weigh in?

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Posted by Laura Hale on 07/13/2016 at 7:35 PM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

I thought that Mr. Spencer's comment "Those willing to pay more should have an easier time finding spots in the downtown core, while the frugally minded can find plenty of cheaper spots..." was offensive on a couple of levels. Does "frugally minded" refer to the VT-discounted wages of those of us who are in positions that have not kept up with inflation while food, entertainment and all of life's other expenses have? Or who supposedly moved here and took a wage cut to enjoy the "quality of life"? Many hard working and overeducated Vermonters do not earn enough to throw away any extra money, even to the tune of $0.50/hour or after 6pm. There is an insensitivity to those who work and live here year 'round to make the city and the region great who feel discounted by these new policies. As Councilor Wright described it, that feeling of being "ding-ed" enough.

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Posted by Chock Full o' Thoughts on 07/08/2016 at 9:55 AM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

I work downtown and pay to park three times a week. It's nice to not have to worry about it on Sundays or after six (I work til 10). Also they're going to tear down my lot on King and St. Paul soon and then where will I park? I understand the need for income for the city, but can't they find it somewhere else? Does it have to come from quarters and dimes? Maybe they could enforce a few more traffic laws and the fines from that could go toward the garages?

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Posted by VermonterJones on 07/04/2016 at 7:11 PM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

Tiki makes a very good point. "Free parking" is paid for by everyone, even the people who don't own cars or seldom drive downtown. This is unfair to them and it contributes to the parking problems downtown. If we subsidize something it should be the bus system which serves everyone and actually contributes to solving the parking problem.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Brian Perkins on 07/03/2016 at 6:40 PM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

People are seriously upset that the meters go to 10 PM now? You can just park on College Street or Fletcher Free Library for free after 6 PM. Also, are people not aware of how cheap Burlington is for parking compared to Boston? I realize we aren't Boston, but we certainly don't have it bad. Well, unless you listen to that whack-job Kurt Wright that is...

8 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Thommy Taber on 06/30/2016 at 9:43 AM

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